As Nigerian Aircrafts Fly around Banjul, Senegalese Troops Enter Gambia Capital   

January 19, 2017, 1:13 pm

In attempt to enforce democratic rule in the Gambia, Nigerian Aircrafts, on Thursday, flew around Banjul, in anticipation of installing President-Elect, Mr Adama Barrow who was sworn in nearby Dakar, Senegal as democratically elected President of the Gambia. 

Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said: "The troops arrived safely and have also flown around Banjul, the Gambia capital."

Famuyiwa explained that the troops will operate within the stipulated mandate of ECOWAS to restore order and law, as well as ensure that the December 1st election outcome stands. 

Indications also emerged on Thursday that Senegalese troops entered the Gambia capital through the land border to protect the newly sworn-in President, Barrow.

But Mr Jammeh has refused to quit office insisting he will defend his country.

Barrow, who had taken oath of office at the Gambian Embassy in nearby Senegal, called on the Gambian soldiers to be loyal to him and facilitate a peaceful transition of power.

The United Nations Security Council also voted on Thursday to unanimously back the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) efforts to force Jammeh to hand over power. 

Meanwhile, Minister of Defence, Col. Dan-Ali also on Thursday provided more insights into Nigeria's role in resolving the Gambia impasse. 

The minister, who spoke through Brig Gen Muhammed Sani Ahmed, said: "The ECOWAS have unanimously decided in their meeting to use the ECOWAS Standby Force for deployment in the Gambia with the Nigerian Military participation. 

"The aim is to implement the decision of ECOWAS leaders in upholding the result of the Presidential election held in The Gambia on the 1 of December 2016.

"It could be recalled that the ECOWAS leaders led by our noble President His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari made series of spirited efforts to resolve the impasse amicably but all diplomatic efforts by the ECOWAS and other world leaders were rebuffed by outgoing President of the Gambia Haj Yahya Jammeh.

"Accordingly, in line with this the Nigerian military will deploy its assets as part of ECOWAS standby force to protect the people of the Gambia and maintain sub regional peace and security.  

"Additionally, it will also protect and sustain the democratic norms in the sub-region.  This will also forestall the breakdown of law and order in the Gambia and the sub-region in general," the minister stated.

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